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Should I grow a beard?

Updated on April 4, 2014

Benefits of having a beard

There are actually health benefits to having a beard. Lets take a quick a look at a few of them.

  1. Sun Protection - A beard can block up to 95% of the suns rays. Having a beard can reduce the signs of aging and offer protection from sun related skin damage.
  2. Skin Rashes - Rashes, Bumps and Acne from shaving are caused by infections in microscopic nicks and cuts from shaving with a razor.
  3. Added Moisture - You have glands called sebaceous glands that produce oils for your face. A thick beard prevents this from being worn away from wiping and wind. Which will reduce.
  4. Trapping Allergens - You may or may not know that your nose hair traps pollutants and allergens. But the more facial hair you have under your nose the better the filter system works. But like any filter you need to make sure you keep it clean.
  5. Masculinity - While they are not sure if this is a placebo effect yet, studies have shown that men with at least 10 days of growth have higher testosterone level then their cleanly shaven counterparts.

Why a beard?

  1. I always wanted to - Good enough for me!
  2. I like the way beards look
  3. I hate to shave - Heck who doesn't
  4. I want to look older
  5. Because it is the Manly thing to do
  6. The women attracted to beards are my kind of women.
  7. It is a natural part of a mans face, God made us with beards
  8. It makes me distinctive
  9. Great men in history have had beards, I am next!
  10. Growing a mustache is only doing half a job

What more you do you need to get started! ditch the razor and start growing it out. The most difficult part if figuring out which style best suits your personality. Tight and clean or full blow Duck Dynasty! Sure it will itch for a few days, but hang in there as that will go away and you will achieve beard Nirvana.


Best Beard Ever?

Jack Passion is considered by many to have the best beard in recent history. While open to debate, one must admit it is a very impressive beard.
Jack Passion is considered by many to have the best beard in recent history. While open to debate, one must admit it is a very impressive beard. | Source

Many great men in history have had beards

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ZZ Top beards that truly rock!Charles DarwinChristWilliam ShakesphereLincolnMosesJerry GarciaJohn LennonJim Morrison
ZZ Top beards that truly rock!
ZZ Top beards that truly rock! | Source
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin | Source
Christ
Christ
William Shakesphere
William Shakesphere | Source
Lincoln
Lincoln | Source
Moses
Moses
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia | Source
John Lennon
John Lennon | Source
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison | Source

Famous beards in history

While not complete here is a long list of beards and the famous men they hang out with.

In no particular order --

  • Jesus Christ
  • Moses
  • Noah
  • Pres. Abraham Lincoln
  • Gen. Jackson
  • ZZ Top (At least 2 of them)
  • Chuck Norris
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Earnest Hemingway
  • Charles Darwin
  • Mr. T
  • Sean Connery
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Charles Dickens
  • Pres. James Garfield
  • Pres. Benjamin Harrison
  • Pres. Ulyesses Grant
  • Pres. Rutherford B, Hayes
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Hugh Jackman
  • George Clooney
  • Most of the 300 Spartans
  • Confucius
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Jim Morrison
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • John Lennon
  • Jerry Garcia

Beard Style Guide

A clean beard is a healthy beard

Which every style of beard you decide to grow, you will want to keep it clean and well maintained. Washing you beard daily with a mild soap will keep it free from accumulated debris. Every few days make sure it gets a full lather scrub to ensure the skin beneath is getting clean as well.

No matter which style you select you may want to consider picking up a beard trimmer, This will help you maintain the desired length and facilitate shaping and trimming areas that are getting unmanageable. If you do not have one you will want a comb with a nice medium with set of teeth. Daily combing will help train your beard to stay in place and looking neat.

Lotions and Waxes are great if you are looking to custom craft a unique shape or style. Like with any other hair product you will want to watch out for build up.

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      Wiseman 2 years ago

      Reading posts like this make surfing such a plesuare

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      Prince Edike 3 years ago from Philippines

      NICE INFO FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE REAL MEN.

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      Karen A. Harris 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      lol...my hubby has one and it is braided. Voted up....Karen